Cyclone is progressing fast but a 13lb rise for last month's success at Down Royal may stop him in his tracks. Ottoman Empire has some cracking form in top handicaps in the UK and new handler John Butler wouldn't be sending him here without good reason. BUNAIRGEAD looked suited by stepping up to 1m4f at Roscommon but was always travelling supremely well and this drop down in trip shouldn't be a problem so she gets the nod under her penalty. Stronger Than Me is up 7lb for a battling victory at the Curragh and along with the lightly raced and progressive Fortify has to be a threat in a very competitive affair.
Ottoman Empire (FR) 33-1 (8-13) Held up in touch, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Forgotten Voice (9-2) at Royal Ascot 1m 2f listed hcp 0-110 (1) gf in Jun.
Vastonea (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, ridden from halfway, 9th on outer 1 1/2f out, no extra, 7th of 14, 8l behind Ansgar (9-7) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Fortify 9-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th 3f out, soon ridden, 3rd 1 1/2f out, went 2nd 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Ansgar (9-7) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Brog Deas (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Soon tracked leader, 2nd and challenged from 2f out, under pressure and narrow leader 1f out, kept on well final furlong, just denied at line, 2nd of 6, hd behind Edith Cowan (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gf.
Dane Street (USA) 11-2 (9-12) Broke well, tracked leaders and 5th halfway, headway on outer to go 2nd briefly 2 out, soon ridden and no impression in 3rd 1f out, dropped to 4th inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Fionnuar (8-2) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gs in Jun.
Tandem 11-2fav (9-3) Settled behind leaders, pushed along in 11th 3f out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 12th of 20, 13l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy in Mar.
Bunairgead (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Keen hold early, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged between horses from 2f out, in front 1 1/2f out, stayed on well to draw on inside final furlong, won at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf beating El Salvador (9-11) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sindjara (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 4th over 3f out, dropped to 7th and no extra 1f out, 7th of 8, 16l behind Chigun (9-0) at Curragh 1m flls Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Opera Gloves (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Waited with in rear, ridden into 4th 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 4l behind Bunairgead (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.
Barack (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Soon towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 9th of 10, 8l behind Stronger Than Me (8-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 60-100 gf in Jun.
Levanto (IRE) 5-4fav (8-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, 4th before halfway, close up disputing 3rd when ridden along 3f out, soon no impression on leaders, eased from 1 1/2f out, tailed off, last of 5, 15l behind The Vatican (9-3) at Naas 1m 2f stks gf.
Stronger Than Me (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) In rear, switched to inside from under 2f out, ridden to chase leaders in 4th from 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 60-100 gf in Jun beating Salam Alaykum (9-6) by nk, 10 ran.
Cyclone 5-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, led over 2f out and ridden to assert over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Down Royal 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gs in Jun beating High Importance (9-8) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Long Journey Home (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Attempted to make all, went for race into straight and soon clear, reduced lead and caught inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Dane Street (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp in Jun.
Abbey Vale (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place entering straight and dropped towards rear, ridden and headway between horses to challenge 1f out, led briefly inside final 100 yards out, edged left under pressure and headed near line, 2nd of 8, shd behind Teoirim (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Raced last, ridden entering straight, went moderate 5th 2f out, went 2nd and stayed on well inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Majestic Jasmine (9-2) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f stks gf.